IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green News Report Special Coverage: United Nations climate talks in Paris (COP21) result in an historic agreement for the planet and human civilization, in hopes of meeting the challenge of climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Paris Climate Pact Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy; She’s Braved Rough Seas, Space Walks --- and Now Climate Change Deniers; Food Industry Pushing Halt To GMO Labeling By End of Year; The Siege of Miami: rising sea levels; E.P.A. Broke Law With Social Media Push for Water Rule; Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves... PLUS: 33,480 Americans Dead After 70 Years of Atomic Weaponry... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- "The Agreement Is Adopted": COP21 Historic Agreement Reached In Paris:
- World Opinion Supports Paris Climate Agreement (Reuters):
The world has warmly received the breakthrough Paris Climate Agreement reached Saturday in Paris that for the first time, unites wealthy nations and poorer ones to take common climate action.
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP21 Newsroom (UNFCCC)
- VIDEO: Conference of the Parties (COP), 11th meeting (UNFCCC)
- U.S. Leadership and the Historic Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change (White House.gov)
- VIDEO: Obama Announces Historic Climate Agreement (The Daily Conversation)
- VIDEO: Secretary Kerry Speaks at COP21 Plenary in Paris (US State Dept)
- Analysis of COP21 Paris Agreement:
- AUDIO: 'End of the Age of Fossil Fuels': Dr. Michael E. Mann on Historic U.N. Paris Climate Agreement: 'BradCast' 12/14/2015 (The BRAD BLOG):
"It's difficult to understate the significance of this agreement. I think we are witnessing the end of the age of fossil fuels and the beginning of a new age of a clean global energy economy."
- Past climate treaties failed. So the Paris deal will try something radically different. (Vox.com):
For nearly 20 years, UN negotiators have been trying — and failing — to craft a legally binding global treaty that would require countries to make cuts. It was those depressing failures, and the insights that arose as a result, that ultimately led to the Paris deal. And that history is crucial for figuring out whether this new approach stands any chance of working.
- Paris Climate Agreement Explained: What's in it and where is it taking us? (NRDC)
- In Historic Paris Climate Deal, World Unanimously Agrees To Not Burn Most Fossil Fuels (Climate Progress)
- Countries just adopted a historic climate change accord. Here’s what happens next (Washington Post)
- With landmark climate accord, world marks turn from fossil fuels (Reuters):
The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming.
- Republicans Threaten to Shred Historic UN Climate Agreement (VICE):
In fact, none of the GOP campaigns contacted by VICE News on Monday responded to inquiries about the Paris accord. But experts like Robert Stavins, the director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, said there's almost nothing Republicans can do to derail the deal.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves (AP) [emphasis added]:
Pervasive human trafficking has helped turn Thailand into one of the world's biggest shrimp providers. Despite repeated promises by businesses and government to clean up the country's $7 billion seafood export industry, an Associated Press investigation has found shrimp peeled by modern-day slaves is reaching the U.S., Europe and Asia.
- Breitbart News: Go-To Outlet For "Academics-For-Hire" By The Fossil Fuel Industry? (Media Matters):
A professor who was caught agreeing to hide the oil funding behind a climate denial research paper named Breitbart News as a media outlet that could "likely help" publicize the research, according to emails unearthed as part of an undercover investigation by Greenpeace....[N]ow that Greenpeace has exposed Happer's ethically dubious actions, Breitbart News is defending Happer's behavior as "morally and scientifically unimpeachable."
- Paris Climate Pact Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy (Reuters):
A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewable energy stocks on Monday, although some price swings were muted by the non-binding nature of the pact.
- E.P.A. Broke Law With Social Media Push for Water Rule, Auditor Finds (NY Times):
The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in 'covert propaganda' and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded.
- The Siege of Miami: "As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels." (The New Yorker)
- AP Interview: Fukushima Chief Says 'No Textbook' for Cleanup (AP):
The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant that sank into meltdowns in northeastern Japan warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised.
- Feds Acknowledge Radiation, Chemicals Likely Killed 396 in Idaho (Idaho Statesman):
Jim Delmore came to the lab he ran at the Idaho National Laboratory on Nov. 13, 1972, to find it roped off from entry because of a plutonium contamination.
- She’s Braved Rough Seas, Space Walks --- and Now Climate Change Deniers (Washington Post):
Kathryn Sullivan has helped U.S. Navy sailors navigate — literally — through rough seas as an oceanographer in the Navy Reserves. As a NASA astronaut, she’s walked in space, the first American woman to step outside a spacecraft, 140 miles above Earth. These challenges are a world apart from what she’s now confronting in Washington as she leads an agency of federal scientists in the crosshairs of a powerful member of Congress.
- Food Industry Pushing Halt To GMO Labeling By End of Year (AP):
Food companies are mounting an aggressive year-end push to head off mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
- 33,480 Americans Dead After 70 Years of Atomic Weaponry (McClatchy):
'Irradiated,' a special report published today by McClatchy, offers an unprecedented look at the costs of war and the risks of a strong defense, using federal records to chronicle the deaths of at least 33,480 nuclear workers who helped the U.S. win World War II and the Cold War.
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- Video Proof That Global Warming is a 'Hoax'!: NASA Temperature Data 1888-2011 (The BRAD BLOG):
- NASA climate change video: This is the U.S. in 2100 (NASA).